So the day of the Ikano Bank Robin Hood Half Marathon has come and gone and you’ve probably seen my photos all over my social media saying that I did it so I thought I’d put a post together about how I managed to survive! Since drunkenly signing up in January I have put in so much training, the longest run I did before the big day was 10.5 miles so I was terrified when it actually came to the day…
What if I couldn’t make it? Most training programmes suggest that if you can run 10 miles then you can run a half marathon but not having done one I could never be too sure.
I was hoping to finish in under 2 hours ten but I didn’t realise there were going to be so many hills to slow me down so I am really happy with my time considering it was my first ever half marathon, I completely trained myself, I wasn’t a runner at all before February and I did absolutely no hill training whatsoever!
The first six miles were a dream I was running at a really good pace and felt like I was going to smash it, I thought I was over the hills but every time I looked up I just saw the tops of peoples head going up hill and it really started to drain me. If it wasn’t for the bottle of Lucozade from the drinks station at mile ten I think I might have passed out!
Miles ten to thirteen were the hardest thing I have ever done but I kept going, I might have been slow but I never stopped or walked once. The support from some of the crowd was amazing and it really kept me going when I didn’t think I had anything left it me. Just as I crossed the 13 mile mark I saw James and that helped me get to the finish line, I had really bad cramp up my calf and pins and needles in my toes so I couldn’t manage a sprint finish but I made it over that finish line and I am so proud of myself for doing it!
When I signed up I thought I was a bit of a joke for doing it, I thought I would never be able to run 5km left alone 21 but I was so wrong! I learnt that I can run… I can run for over 2 hours without stopping at a pretty decent pace. I learnt that I can run for over two hours without stopping and not need to use the toilet even after getting a drink from every drinks station! I learnt that running really is quite emotional and I may have had a little cry a couple of times. I learnt that the running community is pretty damn awesome! I learnt that it is good to challenge yourself and to overcome those challenges is amazing! Best of all I learnt that I loved carb loading… just kidding I already knew that 😉
Now for all those of you asking when I’m moving on to a marathon – forget it! 13.1 miles is my limit! We are thinking about signing up to do it again next year but I will make sure I get in lots of hill training and be even more ready 🙂
James and I raised over £500 for Macmillan Cancer Support for doing the half marathon. Our Just Giving Page is still open if you would like to donate before it closes.
Thank you so much everyone for all of your support xx